"Recently, I realized my daughter, who is 7½, has been listening to me talk about my weight. When we have taco night, I have taco salad with just a few crumpled chips. No tortillas, sour cream or cheese. When we order pizza, I get it for her, but I have leftovers of brown rice and lentils. When we make pasta, I have only ragu with greens. While I've been working to lose weight, she has been going through a growth spurt. She still asks me to carry her, but now she's 4 feet tall and weighs nearly 60 pounds. So, I've inadvertently been telling her, 'You're too heavy now to lift.' She's noticed, and suddenly she's told me and others in our circle, 'I don't want to eat because I'm watching my figure,' or, 'I weigh too much.' Her comments stopped me dead in my tracks. Her words scared me. Language matters. We send signals to our daughters every day. And I am her first touchstone of femininity."
Above all, it's important to be a part of your child's life. It's hard when they want their own lives, and their moods change by the minute. But you are still their parent and they are still children in many ways. Whether their behavior indicates it or not, they need you. Truly, parents need to also open the lines of communication between their kids. The truth, parents are the ones who pay for the computer and continue to pay for the Internet each month. Therefore, we have the absolute right to ask our child about their sites and have the right to see their MySpace and Facebook accounts.
Pills vs. Diet
Americans are obsessed with weight loss and “healthy living.” Some people spend thousands of dollars on surgeries such as gastric-by-pass or liposuction to look and feel a certain way. Others talk to their doctor and are put on medications that will help them achieve their desired weight or to make them feel a certain way. Some people even resort to excessive exercise and food disorders. People don’t realize that the key to having energy, a controlled body weight, and a long healthy future is a healthy diet and regular daily activity, not medications. Surgeries, medications, excessive exercise and food disorders are not the answer, and in some cases they are actually making the problem worse. Doctors should advise patients with chronic health diseases to live healthy lifestyles. People are suffering from Type 2 Diabetes (DM2), heart diseases and other ailments because doctors are pushing pills instead of solving the problems and finding a cure.
Over the years our understanding of chronic illnesses such as DM2 and heart disease have drastically changed. DM2 is, “a chronic disorder of glucose intolerance and impaired carbohydrate, protein, and lipid metabolism caused by a deficiency of insulin or resistance to the action of insulin. A deficiency of effective insulin results in hyperglycemia” (Silvestri 637). According to Mosby’s Dictionary of Medicine, a patient with DM2 should have a daily intake of 40% to 60% of complex carbohydrates. A patient with DM2 should also have 12% to 20% of their dietary calories be protein. Along with carbohydrates and protein, a patient only eat 30% or less of total calories in fat. The fat percentage breaks down into 6% to 8% polyunsaturated fats, 10% or less saturated fats, and whatever percentage remains is monounsaturated fats. The daily dietary fat percentage should not exceed 40% (544). Diabetes mellitus should try and be controlled by diet and exercise before any prescri...